Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Orient Express reaches the end of the line...

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The Orient Express reaches the end of the line...
One of the most well travelled railway routes in Europe will enjoy its final journey in December after 126 years of service. After more than a century of appearing in various guises, the Orient Express does not feature in Europe’s new schedule and the famous connection between the east and the west of Europe will run no more.

The last ever service will take place on the 12th December at one minute to nine in the morning when the westbound route arrives in the Rhine city. The Venice Simplon-Orient Express will continue to run as normal with the 1920s rolling stock, which is only used for luxury private train routes from Calais via Paris to Venice. (...)

(...)The Orient Express in question isn't the train featured in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express - that was the Simplon Orient Express, which went from Paris Gare de Lyon to Milan and beyond - or in Graham Greene's Stamboul Train, which was the Ostend-Vienna Orient Express, travelling via Brussels. No, this is the original "Express d'Orient", operated by the Belgian Georges Nagelmackers' Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, which first set off from Paris's Gare de l'Est in October 1883, and ran between Paris and Giurgiu, a Romanian town on the Danube that had to be crossed by ferry, and whose passengers eventually reached Constantinople (as Istanbul was then known) by another train and a 14-hour sea voyage. (...)

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  1. Rocío Rilo - C.A. A Coruña1/06/2010 02:05:00 pm

    Good morning everybody!

    I wish the Three Wise Men were good to you ;)

    I must say I've never heard of The Venice Simplon-Orient Express but I can tell you about an historical train in my country, Argentina:

    It's called "Tren de las nubes" (train to the clouds) and it is a tourist train that travels from Salta city (capital of Salta province, at the north of the country) to Mina Concordia through a viaduct of 4.200 metres high.

    The route is 217 km long and it takes 15 hours, from 7am to midnight or even later, and there are two stops: one in San Antonio de los Cobres station and the other one in La Polvorilla viaduct, which is the most important engeneering work of the 20th century.

    In the stations, you cand find some handcrafts stands that sell clothes and typical products of the region as a souvenir of the trip.

    The train has a dining car, a medical office and bilingual guides.

    I've never been to the train of the clouds but I imagine it must be an unique experience.

    You can find out more about it in the following link:

    Kind regards,

    Rocío Rilo.- C.A. A Coruña

  2. Hi from Asturias,My name is Paula. I haven't heard this new before, in fact, I haven't idea about this, I mean, I don't know that there are two different trains. So for me it's quite interessting.


  3. I haven't heard to speak than "The Venice Simplon-Orient Express",but Yes I have heard to speak of Orient Express.This year,I have gone to Istambul and I have been in Orient Express Istambul Station.I love It,It's very romantic.
    Isabel de Madrid.

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